Originally posted by thl408:
Up until this point, the 49ers have used a FB to establish the run so that they can compliment with playaction. I agree with you that the best 5 skill players consist of having Boldin/Crabs/SJ on the field (a RB + VD). This is because SJ > Miller, and SJ > Vance when looking at it in a vacuum. I'm not a fan of fielding the best 5 players just for the sake of fielding the best 5 players. Not when there are options. I think matching up with the opposing defense is key. If the opposing defense has a soft front7, then keep that front7 on the field and go with the FB (or second TE). Afterall, Miller is a very good FB. If the opposing defense has a weak nickel package, then sit Miller down and play SJ more. The roster now has the ability to matchup with the opponent and attack their weakness. If it's a good defense that is equally good against the run and pass, then play it accordingly on that day.
I'm not sure why the 49ers don't run often out of single back formations. Maybe Gore prefers a lead blocker? I wouldn't call it a 'handicap' to use a FB. Bruising the opponent has its advantages. Ground and pound is just as sexy to me as a spread passing attack, but that's just me. 3 yard runs start to become 7 yard runs later in the game, which opens up playaction opportunities. Now that the coaches have the ability to go 22 or 11 personnel with a comparable level of talent in both personnel packages, it will be interesting to see how they utilize them.
Do note that teams with a weak coverage make it up with disguising and blitzing more.
The best offense is an offense that has players that can play the position and are talented enough to do other things on the field. We would be weak if we had Moran Norris who can ONLY block. Bruce Miller can do more than just block which is why we really missed him when he got hurt last year. He has the ability to block and play sort of a possession TE role. Dude can catch.
This allows us to force the defense to keep their base formation and spread LB's who are weak in coverage or send WR's in their area to easily get open. This also allows us to keep fresh legs in the game with player substitution. When we play a teams who are weaker in coverage, then they MUST stop our run in order to win. If they don't, then we already won the game.
Just look at Denver and NE. They suck against top defenses because they are one-dimensional. They look great destroying the weaker defenses whereas we will keeping winning the same steady way vs any defense.
[ Edited by Joecool on Aug 14, 2014 at 10:57 AM ]